Weekly update: Data security, minimum wage increase, raising menu prices

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How much does that menu item really cost you?

Estimating recipe costs and food costs based on the price of the protein alone means you are not pricing your menu for maximum profits. The Washington Hospitality Association built a recipe costing calculator that takes the guesswork out of pricing and protects your profit margin. Watch the special companion webinar with association President and CEO Anthony Anton, Chef Jamie Callison of Washington State University and expert association staff members who tell you how and why this tool will make your restaurant profitable.

Isolated workers’ safety, panic buttons and the law

Do you have questions about the statewide isolated workers’ safety law, which includes providing panic buttons to certain hotel employees, that will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020? We have answers, with more on the way. We are building a more robust toolkit that will live in the HUB. For more information, check here.

Decide legislative priorities Dec. 10

There’s less than a week left before the annual Government Affairs Committee meeting. Are you ready to help determine the legislative priorities of the association?

RSVP today for your spot

Call to action: Ask federal lawmakers to fix tax bill error

A technical error in a 2017 tax reform bill has left improvements to restaurants with a 39-year depreciation period, instead of the 15-years Congress intended, according to the National Restaurant Association. Restaurants are now ineligible for bonus depreciation on items like kitchen equipment or furnishings. Click here to ask your federal lawmakers to fix this mistake before 2020.

Seattle curbside access feedback needed

The Seattle Department of Transportation is forming a new Curbspace Access Sounding Board this month to improve curb space and parking access in neighborhood business districts. The group will focus on how the city can manage and improve access to curbside space for uses such as vendor drop-offs, parking for delivery drivers, etc. Anna Boone, our senior manager of Local Government Affairs, will be representing members and needs your feedback. Please let her know what’s working and what’s not at annab@wahospitality.org.

Minimum wage increase looming

2020 is a few weeks away and the minimum wage is increasing on Jan. 1. The new statewide minimum wage will be $13.50 while local cities like Seattle and SeaTac have higher minimum wage rates than the state. Click here for the association’s minimum wage resources page.

20 or more employees in Seattle? This can help you get into compliance

Seattle’s Commuter Benefits Ordinance goes into effect Jan. 1 — are you ready? We’ve partnered with Alice to bring you a simple, straightforward service that saves you and your employees money. Click here to learn more about the ordinance and Alice’s program.

Payment data security: 4 steps to mitigate your risks

Cyber attacks are a real threat for businesses. Have you identified your risk and created a response plan? These four steps will help you mitigate your risk. Click here to learn more.

HUB: Meals and breaks, updated guidance

With increased attention to the laws on meals and rest breaks, you may access the most current guidance on this topic in the HUB. As a reminder, it is an employers’ responsibility to ensure that all required breaks are taken and prove that is the case.

To read the definitions, requirements for meals and rest breaks click here.

Attention members: Hill Climb is Jan. 27

The Hill Climb and the Taste Our Best legislative reception are on Jan. 27 and are your opportunity to share your story and journey in the hospitality industry with lawmakers. This is our opportunity to show these decision makers how we create jobs, opportunity and community. Registration is free and open to all members.

Register today at hospitalityhillclimb.org.

MAST Permits will not be mailed during holidays

The Education Foundation office will be closed Dec. 23-Jan. 2. During this time, MAST permits will not be mailed. The last day permits will be mailed is Dec. 20. To avoid delays, ensure your employees complete their exam before Dec. 18. Normal business hours and mailing of permits will resume on Jan. 2.


Upcoming ServSafe Manager Classes

All classes are 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.


Spokane (Post Falls): Dec. 19 at Sysco

Registration Deadline: Dec. 5


Seattle (SODO): Jan. 7 at Bargreen Ellingson

Registration Deadline: Dec. 23

Tacoma: Jan. 16 at Bargreen Ellingson

Registration Deadline: Jan. 2

Everett: Feb. 10 at US Foods (Previously known as Food Services of America Everett)

Registration Deadline: Jan. 27

Register your employees


IHOP wants your lunch money (Nation’s Restaurant News)

Slow winter start delaying opening of area ski resorts (Spokesman-Review)

McDonalds test two new crispy chicken sandwiches (USA Today)

Tom Douglas will close all his properties inside Via6 by late January (Eater Seattle)

Navigating dark tourism with respectful storytelling (SmartBrief)

French fries are doing just fine (New York Times)

Hyatt announces global expansion of its luxury portfolio (RTT News)

Australia’s first underwater hotel rooms open on Great Barrier Reef (The Guardian)

Stormy times ahead in the Seattle restaurant industry? Ethan Stowell to close 3 of his restaurants in Ballard and Wallingford (Seattle Times)

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